Michael Jordan Prevented 5 Stars Who Appeared in 1 of His NBA Entertainment Home Videos and Talked Glowingly About Him From Winning a Championship

In 1990, NBA Entertainment released one of its most popular Michael Jordan home videos. It was called Michael Jordan’s Playground. The video shows Jordan highlights and NBA stars talking about the Chicago Bulls icon and follows a fictional narrative about a teen trying to make his high school basketball team.

Jordan, who didn’t make the varsity roster as a sophomore in high school, helps a teen named Walt get over being cut and improve his game. The majority of the video features highlights of His Airness and footage of NBA players talking about him, and in classic Jordan fashion, the Hall of Famer thanked the peers who appeared in the video by preventing them from winning a championship against him.

Michael Jordan beat the five guys who appeared in the video in the Finals

In the video, Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler, Danny Ainge, Kevin Johnson, and Karl Malone all say glowing things about Jordan. Even though he wasn’t a champion when the video got released, Jordan was still viewed as the best player in the game by his rivals.

The Bulls finally got past the Detroit Pistons in 1991 by sweeping them in the Eastern Conference Finals. Jordan’s first NBA Finals came against his good friend, Magic. Even though the Los Angeles Lakers won Game 1 of the series, the Bulls rattled off four wins in a row to clinch their first title.

Jordan beat Drexler and the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1992 Finals, Ainge, Johnson, and the Phoenix Suns in 1993, and Malone and the Utah Jazz in 1997 and 1998. The 10-time scoring champion not only never lost in the Finals, but he also never needed to play in a Game 7.

Michael Jordan was incredible in the Finals

In 35 Finals games against the Lakers, Blazers, Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, and Jazz, Jordan averaged 33.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists while shooting 48.1% from the field, 36.8% from beyond the arc, and 80.6% from the free-throw line. The UNC product won all six Finals MVPs for the Bulls and is second in NBA history in Finals points per game, trailing only Jerry West.

Jordan had a 24-11 record in the Finals in his career. The Bulls only trailed a Finals series twice and clinched three titles at home and three on the road. Superman beat Magic and the Lakers in five games, Drexler and the Blazers in six games, Ainge, Johnson, and the Suns in six games, and Malone and the Jazz in six games both times Utah and Chicago faced each other.

Magic, Ainge, and Drexler can’t be too upset with Jordan since they each won championships in the NBA. However, Malone and Johnson may hold a grudge with Black Jesus forever.

Karl Malone and Kevin Johnson never won a ring

Johnson made three All-Star and five All-NBA teams during his career. He also won the 1988-89 Most Improved Player of the Year Award. However, thanks to Jordan, the California native never got to touch the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Johnson averaged 17.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 6.5 assists against the Bulls in the 1993 Finals. However, the Suns had no answers for Jordan, who put up 41.0 points per contest in the six-game series.

Malone is one of the greatest players in NBA history. He’s second all-time in points and won two regular-season MVPs. However, the Jazz lost to Jordan and the Bulls twice when it mattered most. Malone averaged 23.8 points and 10.3 rebounds in the 1997 Finals and 25.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in 1998. He did everything he could to dethrone the Bulls, but Jordan was too good.

It would be fun to catch up with Johnson and Malone and ask them if they regret praising Jordan in Michael Jordan’s Playground. Neither player appeared in ESPN’s The Last Dance docuseries, so that may be an indicator of how they feel.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference

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